Human Resources Resume Examples in 2023

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Working in the human resources field can lead to a dynamic career. The duties for these positions include processing payroll, hiring new employees, conducting ongoing training sessions and ensuring that the company you work for complies with federal and state employment regulations. Human resources professionals can either be a solo HR manager or an HR director overseeing an entire department at a larger company. Human resources careers are expected to grow at a rate of about 7% between 2018 and 2028, faster than the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While human resources careers are expected to grow, these positions can be competitive. Having a strong resume can help you stand out from the competition. We’ve gathered resume examples below, for both experienced and entry-level human resources positions, as well as tips on how to write a strong resume and how to tailor a resume for a specific job description.

Downloadable Resume Examples


Example #1 Entry-level


Example #2 Mid-career


Example #3 Senior-level

Human Resources Resume Examples (Text Format)

Years of Experience
  • Entry-level Entry-level
  • Mid-career Mid-career
  • Senior-level Senior-level

Mary Compton
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | 284 West University Blvd, Apt 29, Des Moines, IA 53958


Recent college graduate with a degree in Human Resources and related internship experience. Hardworking, organized, and adaptable to new work challenges and conditions. Experienced and confident public speaker. Fluent in Spanish and currently learning Japanese.

Work Experience

Intern, Casey’s General Store Corporate Office, Des Moines, IA | January 2022 to May 2022

  • Helped organize hiring fair and conducted initial interviews with potential hires
  • Worked with payroll specialist to ensure each employee’s hours were reconciled properly
  • Gained strong experience in Microsoft Excel, team collaboration, and reporting and documentation

Key Swing Manager, Casey’s General Store, Des Moines, IA | March 2020 to May 2022 

  • Trained new employees
  • Made weekly schedule
  • Completed daily closing paperwork


Bachelor of Arts (BA) — Human Resources, Iowa State University, Des Moines, IA | September 2018 to May 2022

3.91 GPA | Gamma Phi Beta Sorority | Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

Jerry Smith
(469) 385-2948 | [email protected] | 4759 Sunnydale Lane, Plano, TX 75071


Human Resources Generalist with 10+ years of experience focused on talent acquisition, development, and performance management.

Professional Experience

Human Resources Manager, Jim’s Widget Factory, Plano, TX | January 2016 to Present

  • Implement company policies to ensure all practices comply with labor and employment regulations
  • Develop targeted outreach practices to increase minority recruitment and ensure compliance with affirmative action policies
  • Monitor scheduled in and out times as well as employee breaks to ensure compliance with employment laws


  • Fostered and maintained a positive work environment, raising staff retention and managing workplace satisfaction to more than 90%

Human Resources Generalist, Citibank, Houston, TX | May 2014 to December 2015

  • Assisted with recruiting and onboarding, and attended all hiring fairs
  • Conducted new hire orientation and continual training
  • Coached department managers to equitably discipline and write up employees as needed
  • Instructed managers on how to complete regular, actionable employee reviews

HR Assistant / Payroll Specialist, Yardham Ford Dealership, Houston, TX | June 2011 to April 2014

  • Created employee incentive programs that improved closure rates
  • Set strategies to improve staff morale
  • Oversaw payroll reconciliation for accuracy


  • Helped reduce employee turnover by 20%


Bachelor of Arts (BA) — Business, The University of Texas at Dallas | 2011

Key Skills

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Labor Relations
  • Microsoft Excel
  • OSHA Regulations
  • Reporting & Documentation
  • Staff Training
  • Task Prioritization
  • Team Collaboration
  • Texas Employment Law
  • TimeForce
  • Workplace Safety


Certified Trainer, National Association of Human Resources

Susan Powell
(214) 284-2847 | [email protected] | 2847 Cypress Drive, Dallas, TX 75023


Human Resources Executive with 15+ years of advancement and experience. Skilled at working with department heads to advance short- and long-term business goals. Consistent success developing comprehensive benefits packages for large workforces.

Professional Experience

Human Resources Director, Texas Instruments Corporation, Dallas, TX | June 2016 to Present

  • Encourage department heads to improve overall staff performance and engagement
  • Set new hire training strategies, and create content for specific development programs
  • Implement and administer company benefits packages
  • Spearhead workforce planning and talent development initiatives
  • Deliver targeted solutions to build a highly engaged, results-focused organization

Human Resources Manager, DoubleTree Hotel, Richardson, TX | March 2012 to June 2016

  • Worked with Hilton’s Department of Learning to facilitate regular talent development plans
  • Collaborated on ongoing HR projects to ensure employees upheld company standards
  • Strategized recruitment to meet the hotel’s changing demands
  • Coached department heads to complete each employee’s performance management plans and reviews
  • Developed compensation and benefits program

Human Resources Manager, Hilton Garden Inn, Allen, TX | March 2008 to February 2012

  • Facilitated staff hiring, personnel changes, and conflict resolution
  • Maintained all stages of the recruitment process including job fairs, interviewing, salary negotiation, and new employee onboarding
  • Oversaw all daily HR functions including salary and bonus planning, staffing, performance management, and reporting/analytics
  • Created job descriptions and new hire training plans
  • Drove organization design, workforce planning, and sourcing and staffing

Human Resources Assistant, Kramer Industries, Austin, TX | June 2004 to January 2008

  • Reconciled payroll and taxes
  • Helped develop company benefits packages
  • Conducted ongoing employee training
  • Planned monthly safety meetings and classes as head of company’s Safety Committee


Bachelor of Science (BS) — Human Resources, The University of Texas, Austin | 2004

Key Skills

  • Benefits Administration
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Cost Reduction & Elimination
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration
  • Efficiency Improvement
  • Employment Laws & Regulations
  • Labor Relations & Negotiations
  • Public Speaking & Presentations
  • Talent Acquisition & Retention


Professional in Human Resources (PHR)

Common Key Skills and Action Verbs for Human Resources Resumes

Many companies use applicant tracking software (ATS) to determine which resumes are passed along to hiring managers to book interviews. You may have an excellent job history and a well-written resume, but if your resume doesn’t have enough keywords that relate to a human resources position, the software will automatically reject it. Understanding which common key skills and action verbs the software is looking for can help you write your resume with words that catch the attention of the software’s algorithms. Here are some common skills and verbs to utilize:

Key Skills & Proficiencies
Coaching Contract negotiations
Employee discipline Employee relations
Hiring Human Resources Information Software (HRIS)
Labor relations Onboarding
Payroll Performance management
Project management Scheduling
Training Timekeeping software
Action Verbs
Advise Administer
Authorize Consult
Control Decide
Delegate Determine
Enforce Establishes
Execute Initiate
Manage Organize
Plan Prevent
Supervise Train

Tips for Writing a Better Human Resources Resume

Emphasize your personability

Highlight your skill at partnering with diverse work styles and personalities. Also show you can stay calm in stressful situations. This will give employers more confidence in your ability to de-escalate employee conflicts and create a positive work environment.


  • Comfortable with conflict resolution, including mediation between employees and coaching managers to neutrally work through employee disputes
  • Multilingual professional experienced in explaining company policies to employees from many different backgrounds

Use the right narrative tense

When writing their job descriptions, many jobseekers mistakenly use the third-person narrative tense (“Collaborates with business leaders”, “Develops and implements programs”, etc.). This makes for awkward and strangely distant reading on the hiring manager’s part. It’s as if a candidate named Jimmy were to come in for an interview and say, “Jimmy is glad to meet you. Jimmy would be excited to work for your company.”

A resume is just the written form of how you’d usually describe yourself. Therefore, you should use the first-person tense (“Collaborate with business leaders”, “Develop and implement programs”, etc.). When you’re drafting your resume, a quick way to know you’re using the correct verb tense is to start every sentence with “I”, then delete it and capitalize the first letter of the following verb.

How to Align Your Resume With the Job Description

Hiring managers have a certain desired skill set for each position. Often, they’ll craft the job description featured on their employment advertisement to reflect the specific duties that they require for the position. When you tailor your resume and cover letter to the posted job description, your resume will align more with what the employer is looking for. This ensures that your resume rises to the top, getting past the applicant tracking systems (ATS) and getting to a human resources specialist just like you who will manually review it.

If you aren’t sure what skills you should feature more prominently, study the posted job description. The most important skills will typically be listed first and may be listed more than once. Compare your past successes and work experience to the listed requirements for the human resources position you’re applying to. Quantify and detail your most important contributions in each area, and avoid sounding vague or copy-pasting.

Example Human Resources Manager Job Description

Sweetie Pie’s Baking Company is a revolutionary cupcake franchise and a rapidly growing company with a significant need for quality hiring. We’re seeking a Human Resources Director who can help onboard new employees and craft quality training manuals that ensure that each franchise upholds or consistent cupcake quality. This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to vet candidates from entry-level to management.


  • Enhance employee relations by developing programs that offer support to each staff member
  • Properly introduce new employees to the company with a vibrant new hire orientation program that ensures each new hire is properly coached in the company culture
  • Draft reports that compare compensations and benefits information to the C-level team each month and make recommendations to ensure that the company’s current offerings are in line with what job seekers desire
  • Enhance employee morale with quantifiable analytics and come up with new ways to improve overall employee satisfaction
  • Liaise between the company and outside legal and professional departments to ensure that all federal and state employment policies are compliant


  • ABA or business degree in Human Resources
  • More than 3 years of experience in an HR supervisory position
  • Marked success in improving employee morale
  • Thorough knowledge of local, state and federal employment laws
  • Versatile interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and ability using HRSmart software preferred

Based on the listed job description and ideal candidate qualities, hiring managers will look for the following qualities and experience:

  • Degree from an accredited university
  • Experience as a human resources professional
  • Thorough understanding of employment laws
  • Ability to create a positive work environment
  • Experience quantifying benefits to resent to C-level team

Taking into account what your potential employer wants for the ideal candidate, you’ll rewrite your resume to fit the specific duties of this job. Below is a sample that incorporates the job description with an applicant’s own employment background:

Human Resources Work Experience Example

Human Resources Manager, Harry’s Car Dealer, Canton, OH

October 2014–Present

  • Draft compensation analysis reports for the corporate team
  • Conduct hiring fairs for many positions from entry-level to management positions
  • Participate in ongoing education to ensure proficiency with the latest employment law changes
  • Demonstrated success in reducing employee turnover and improving employee morale